Skip to comments.For Immediate Release [Executive Order]
Posted on 10/14/2009 8:51:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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THE BRIEFING ROOM
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 14, 2009
Attached is an executive order signed by the President in an East Room ceremony today that restores the White House Advisory Commission and Interagency Working Group to address issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 14, 2009
INCREASING PARTICIPATION OF ASIAN AMERICANS
AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS
By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,
it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. The more than 16 million Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across our country have
helped build a strong and vibrant America. The AAPI communities
represent many ethnicities and languages that span generations,
and their shared achievements are an important part of the
American experience. They have started businesses and generated
jobs, including founding some of our Nation’s most successful
and innovative enterprises. The AAPI communities have made
important contributions to science and technology, culture
and the arts, and the professions, including business, law,
medicine, education, and politics.
While we acknowledge the many contributions of the AAPI
communities to our Nation, we also recognize the challenges
still faced by many AAPIs. Of the more than a million
AAPI-owned businesses, many firms are small sole-proprietorships
that continue to need assistance to access available resources
such as business development counseling and small business
loans. The AAPI community also continues to face barriers to
employment and workplace advancement. Specific challenges
experienced by AAPI subgroups include lower college-enrollment
rates by Pacific Islanders than other ethnic groups and high
poverty rates among Hmong Americans, Cambodian Americans,
Malaysian Americans, and other individual AAPI communities.
Additionally, one in five non-elderly AAPIs lacks health
The purpose of this order is to establish a President’s
Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
and a White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific
Islanders. Each will work to improve the quality of life and
opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through
increased access to, and participation in, Federal programs in
which they may be underserved. In addition, each will work to
advance relevant evidence-based research, data collection, and
analysis for AAPI populations and subpopulations.
Sec. 2. President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders. There is established in the Department
of Education the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders (Commission).
(a) Mission and Function of the Commission. The
Commission shall provide advice to the President, through
the Secretaries of Education and Commerce, as Co-Chairs of
the Initiative described in section 3 of this order, on:
(i) the development, monitoring, and coordination of executive
branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through
increased participation in Federal programs in which such
persons may be underserved; (ii) the compilation of research and
data related to AAPI populations and subpopulations; (iii) the
development, monitoring, and coordination of Federal efforts
to improve the economic and community development of AAPI
businesses; and (iv) strategies to increase public and private-
sector collaboration, and community involvement in improving the
health, education, environment, and well-being of AAPIs.
(b) Membership of the Commission. The Commission shall
consist of not more than 20 members appointed by the President.
The Commission shall include members who: (i) have a history
of involvement with the AAPI communities; (ii) are from the
fields of education, commerce, business, health, human services,
housing, environment, arts, agriculture, labor and employment,
transportation, justice, veterans affairs, and economic and
community development; (iii) are from civic associations
representing one or more of the diverse AAPI communities;
or (iv) have such other experience as the President deems
appropriate. The President shall designate one member of the
Commission to serve as Chair, who shall convene regular meetings
of the Commission, determine its agenda, and direct its work.
(c) Administration of the Commission. The Secretary
of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce,
shall designate an Executive Director for the Commission. The
Department of Education shall provide funding and administrative
support for the Commission to the extent permitted by law and
within existing appropriations. Members of the Commission
shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed travel
expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as
authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the
Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707). Insofar as the Federal
Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (the “Act”),
may apply to the administration of the Commission, any functions
of the President under the Act, except that of reporting to the
Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary of Education, in
accordance with the guidelines issued by the Administrator of
(d) Termination Date. The Commission shall terminate
2 years from the date of this order, unless renewed by the
Sec. 3. White House Initiative on Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders. There is established the White House
Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
(Initiative), a Federal interagency working group whose members
shall be selected by their respective agencies. The Secretary
of Commerce and the Secretary of Education shall serve as the
Co-Chairs of the Initiative. The Executive Director of the
Commission established in section 2 of this order shall also
serve as the Executive Director of the Initiative and shall
report to the Secretaries on Initiative matters.
(a) Mission and Function of the Initiative. The
Initiative shall work to improve the quality of life of AAPIs
through increased participation in Federal programs in which
AAPIs may be underserved. The Initiative shall advise the
Co-Chairs on the implementation and coordination of Federal
programs as they relate to AAPIs across executive departments
(b) Membership of the Initiative. In addition to the
Co-Chairs, the Initiative shall consist of senior officials
from the following executive branch departments, agencies, and
(i) the Department of State;
(ii) the Department of the Treasury;
(iii) the Department of Defense;
(iv) the Department of Justice;
(v) the Department of the Interior;
(vi) the Department of Agriculture;
(vii) the Department of Labor;
(viii) the Department of Housing and Urban
(ix) the Department of Transportation;
(x) the Department of Energy;
(xi) the Department of Health and Human Services;
(xii) the Department of Veterans Affairs;
(xiii) the Department of Homeland Security;
(xiv) the Office of Management and Budget;
(xv) the Environmental Protection Agency;
(xvi) the Small Business Administration;
(xvii) the Office of Personnel Management;
(xviii) the Social Security Administration;
(xix) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs;
(xx) the White House Office of Intergovernmental
Affairs and Public Engagement;
(xxi) the National Economic Council;
(xxii) the Domestic Policy Council;
(xxiii) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
(xxiv) other executive branch departments, agencies,
and offices as the President may, from time
to time, designate.
At the direction of the Co-Chairs, the Initiative may
establish subgroups consisting exclusively of Initiative members
or their designees under this section, as appropriate.
(c) Administration of the Initiative. The Department
of Education shall provide funding and administrative support
for the Initiative to the extent permitted by law and within
existing appropriations. The Co-Chairs shall convene regular
meetings of the Initiative, determine its agenda, and direct its
(d) Federal Agency Plans and Interagency Plan. Each
executive department and agency designated by the Initiative
shall prepare a plan (agency plan) for, and shall document, its
efforts to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders through increased participation in Federal
programs in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders may be
underserved. Where appropriate, this agency plan shall address,
among other things, the agency’s efforts to:
(i) identify Federal programs in which AAPIs may be
underserved and improve the quality of life for AAPIs
through increased participation in these programs;
(ii) identify ways to foster the recruitment, career
development, and advancement of AAPIs in the Federal
(iii) identify high-priority action items for which
measurable progress may be achieved within 2 years to
improve the health, environment, opportunity, and
well-being of AAPIs, and implement those action items;
(iv) increase public-sector, private-sector, and
community involvement in improving the health,
environment, opportunity, and well-being of AAPIs;
(v) foster evidence-based research, data-
collection, and analysis on AAPI populations and
subpopulations, including research and data on public
health, environment, education, housing, employment,
and other economic indicators of AAPI community well-
(vi) solicit public input from AAPI communities
on ways to increase and improve opportunities for
public participation in Federal programs considering
a number of factors, including language barriers.
Each agency, in its plan, shall provide appropriate
measurable objectives and, after the first year, shall provide
for the assessment of that agency’s performance on the goals
set in the previous year’s plan. Each agency plan shall be
submitted to the Co-Chairs by a date to be established by the
Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs shall review the agency plans and
develop for submission to the President a Federal interagency
plan to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased
participation in Federal programs in which such persons may be
underserved. Actions described in the Federal interagency plan
shall address improving access by AAPIs to Federal programs and
fostering advances in relevant research and data.
Sec. 4. General Provisions.
(a) This order supersedes Executive Order 13125 of June 7,
1999, and Executive Order 13339 of May 13, 2004.
(b) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall
assist and provide information to the Commission, consistent
with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the
functions of the Commission. Each executive department and
agency shall bear its own expenses of participating in the
(c) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair
or otherwise affect:
(i) authority granted by law to an executive
department, agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) functions of the Director of the Office
of Management and Budget relating to budgetary,
administrative, or legislative proposals.
(d) This order shall be implemented consistent
with applicable law and subject to the availability of
(e) For purposes of this order, the term “Asian American
and Pacific Islander” includes persons within the jurisdiction
of the United States having ancestry of any of the original
peoples of East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia, or any
of the aboriginal, indigenous, or native peoples of Hawaii and
other Pacific Islands.
(f) This order is not intended to, and does not, create
any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at
law or in equity by any party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees,
or agents, or any other person.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 14, 2009.
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He wants a 'tan' nation, and will do everything to make it thus.
Sounds like his first recruits into his “civilan defence force...funded at the same levals as the US military is now”
Be that as it may. He want's power, and he's willing to spend our money to get and keep it. This is just pandering to a particular group, who mostly do not need it. They can take of themselves better than most immigrant people. Especially the Samoans. The Asians have to be held out of some colleges by quotas.
Doesn’t Pelosi own a fish-packing operation in Samoa (as opposed to her pork-packing and eyeball packing operations in the US)? And wasn’t there some exemption from the last minimum wage hike for the Pacific Islands?
Possibly. Just as large and just as powerful as the Military. And no one asks ‘why’.
Meanwhile the children are being groomed with ‘mmmmm’ songs.
The Asians I've seen are usually hardworking and the kids are very smart in school. - as you noted.
Signing off now.
Announing the CRAAPI program; “Creating Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islanders”.
I was born on Guam...but I’m Caucasian. I’m a Scot-Irish-Guamanian-Pacific Islander-American. I tan but only in summer.
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